Grand Academy for Future Villains -- BETA TESTERS NEEDED


#1

At the Grand Academy for Future Villains, you will hone your skills in courses such as Evil Architecture and Tricks and Traps, in preparation for a career of multifarious evil.

Email me, jason AT choiceofgames for access. DO NOT SEND ME A MESSAGE THROUGH THE FORUM MAIL SYSTEM. When you send your EMAIL, include your forumname, your real name, and the game you want to test.

(You cannot be testing two games at once. Send feedback on one and you can apply to another.)

I will send you a link, a username, and a password.

Return feedback TO ME. Preferably part of the same thread, rather than a new email.

I’m looking for “high level” and “low level” feedback. Not mid-level feedback.

Low-level = typos and continuity errors. A continuity error is when a character’s gender flips, or someone comes back from the dead, or you run into a plotline that just doesn’t make sense (because it’s probably a coding error).

For these low-level issues, SCREENSHOTS are VERY HELPFUL. If you see a problem, take a screenshot, or copy and paste the text that is in error, and email that. Also, the “BUG” button is great; but if you use BUG, make sure to say in your email who you are, so I can give you credit for the report.

“High level” feedback has to do with things like plot, pacing, and characters. “Scene A didn’t work for me because x, y, and z,” is useful feedback. “B character was entirely unsympathetic, because u, w, and v,” is also useful feedback.

“Mid-level” feedback describes things like grammar, style, or the use of commas. As I said above, I do not want mid-level feedback. In particular, DO NOT WRITE TO ME ABOUT COMMAS.

“I had a great time and saw only a few spelling errors,” is not useful feedback. In fact, it’s the sort of thing that results in you not being given access to future betas.

Some examples of useful high-level feedback:

In Choice of the Dragon, you get to choose what type of wings you have: leather or scaled. Someone wrote in and asked about having feathered wings. Great suggestion! Done!

In “The Eagle’s Heir,” someone asked about Eugenie. They said that the romance moved too quickly–because she only appeared in the last third of the game–and wished they could have had an opportunity to meet her earlier. So the authors added an opportunity to meet her and start the romance earlier in the game (in a scene that already existed).

In “Demon Mark: A Russian Saga” several people commented on how the PC’s parents were unsympathetic, so the authors added a choice or two to deepen the relationship with the parents in the first chapter, to help better establish their characters.

Similarly, pointing out a specific choice and saying, “this is who I imagined my character was at this particular moment, and none of these options seemed right for me. I would have liked an option to do X instead,” is really helpful feedback.


#2

#3

Apparently, the version I have been linking to was not the most recent version. The most recent version is now live.


#4

There are a few bugs that need to be fixed, so I’m not taking anymore testers until I have a new draft.


#5

Ok, I have a new draft with some typos and bugfixes. It has been posted for those who already have access.

  • Spelling errors in chapter 3.
  • Club mechanics in 5.
  • Fixed the Financial Aid loop.

HOWEVER, I’ve been promised a new draft on TUESDAY with more content. I’m going to continue holding off on sending out more invitations until then.


#6

The new draft has been postponed to tomorrow night.


#7

There’s a new draft up, but the author is still adding some more to the endings, so I’m still not sending out new invites.


#8

CORRECTIONS LOG 7/8

Chapter 1

  • Explained how money works in the school
  • Explained how DarkBoard works
    -Increased Xi interaction
  • Added bookstore scene
    -Chance for further Aurion interaction
    -Introduce student debt
    -Introduced optional books as grade-improving element
  • Misc. spelling corrections
  • changed book title

Chapter 2:

  • Added follow-through on books
  • Increased emphasis on staff strike
  • Misc. continuity glitches
  • changed class day mechanics to ensure player visits all core courses; raises grade score; spreads time frame over course of a week with additional choices for managing cafeteria staff strike

Chapter 5:

  • fixed typo bug

#9

New draft up!

Now with …several hundred percent more nemesis fights! Also with a fix for Ch 2 which was missing a choice that could get you to the Scheming practicum.

Next up: more romance at the dance.


#10

New draft up!

  • Debugging
  • (Some) more romance.
  • Better grade spread at the midterms.

I’m going to grant access to everyone who’d previously applied now. If you no longer want to test, please respond to my email and let me know.


#11

New draft up! Should be the final one before copyedit!

  • Stat calibration improved
  • More NPC interaction throughout
  • Expanded choices in chapters 7 and 5
  • Additional opportunities to address your student debt even if you are not yourself a monster.
  • chance to explore your mother’s backstory
  • Expanded significance of securing a nemesis

#12

New draft up! If you’ve played before, please do play again! If you haven’t, we’re taking new testers again.

  • Extensive expansion to the endgame.
  • More developed romances.
  • Further development of mother plotline.

#13